In his opening remarks, Dr. Pongsak Semson, Advisor to the Culture Minister of said, “India and Thailand have
enjoyed a close relationship for many centuries. India has had a deep influence on many aspects of Thai life,
especially language, culture and religion.”
Speaking at the inauguration of the Governing Council Meeting of the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC)
at the Wat Mahathat on Tuesday, noted that with worldwide representation of the Buddhists, IBC has the
mandate to bring the Buddhists of the world together and use the collective wisdom of all Buddhist traditions to
make a difference in the world. It can also be an instrument to bring together the peoples and nations of the
world by spreading the eternal message of Lord Buddha.
In this regard IBC can be the vehicle through which India and Thailand could come closer by re-exploring and
rejuvenating their spiritual and cultural ties that have been in existence since ancient times.”
Earlier, in his welcome address, Governor of Ayutthaya Mr. Prayoon Rattanasenee talked about the history of the
kingdom of Ayutthaya and its Temple town that was founded in 1350. The city was the Capital of Siam for 417
years, 33 kings ruled over a Buddhist society and at the height of its glory and power it was among the wealthiest
cities of the world. There were temples and monasteries everywhere.
The remains of massive construction of these monuments bear excellent witness to the wealth of the kingdom
and to the great influence of Buddhism in the country. “We are like seeds: Seeds of hope, now we will go back
home and if we think and practice the Buddhist way of life, which means developing and attitude of loving,
kindness, and compassion; and cultivating an attitude of respect towards the nature and each other, then we can
reduce conflicts and develop peace in the world,” he stated.